Do we need 12-speed groupsets?

With SRAM having launched the first 12-speed mountain bike groupset and Campagnolo having filed a patent for a 12-speed road cassette, do we really need 12-speed groupsets for road bikes

Over the past three decades the number of sprockets on a bicycle cassette has grown from six, to seven, to eight, nine, 10, and 11.

But the trend for more and more sprockets shows no sign of stopping, with SRAM release its 12-speed Eagle groupset for mountain bikes in 2017, and Campagnolo looking like it could be about to launch the first 12-speed groupset for road bikes according to a patent filed in the United States last year.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.